Brampton:Investigators from the 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects responsible for a series of distraction thefts targeting seniors in the Region of Peel and the GTA.
The suspects target the seniors and closely watch them as they shop and make purchases in order to obtain their PIN (Personal Identification Number) from the Debit and Credit Cards used in making their purchases. The victims are then followed and distracted while their wallets are stolen. The suspects then use the stolen ATM and Credit cards to make cash advances and obtain money from their accounts.
Police have identified two female suspects responsible for these series of incidents.
The first female suspect is described as being of European decent, approximately 30 to 35 years of age with a medium build and long dark hair.
The second female suspect is described as being of European decent, approximately 25 to 30 years of age with a thin to medium build and similar clothing (scarf and knitted toque in each incident).
Police are reminding people to ensure they conceal their PIN numbers when entering them as they make purchases and to also to be aware of their belongings if/when distracted by other persons.
Investigators from the 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau are asking anyone who may be able to identify these females, or who may have information about this matter, to call them at (905) 453-2121, Ext. 2233. Anonymous information may also be submitted to Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. Information leading to the identification of the suspect may qualify for a cash reward.